The Post and Courier received a Sigma Delta Chi award for its in-depth project "Our Secret Delta," which described the neglected history and vulnerability of the Santee Delta.
Six findings from The Post and Courier's investigations into police tactics help explain the tinder that has fueled South Carolina protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Set aside the notion of climate change. The climate has always changed. The real story is about speed. The pace of change. From rain bombs to higher sea levels, the impacts are coming faster. Wednesday's deluge in Charleston was yet another reminder how this affects our community in many ways.
The new coronavirus hit South Carolina like a hurricane this week, with cases rising at an exponential rate and state and public officials scrambling to find ways to contain an outbreak that had devastated so many other places far away. Amid the shift, we followed four people as they struggled adapt and to understand what was happening.
Amid looming climate threats, Charleston has taken few meaningful actions to reduce its own carbon footprint in recent years, a Post and Courier investigation found.
The Wedge, a deteriorating 1,500-acre plantation in the heart of the Santee Delta, has been taken off the market while its owner, the University of South Carolina, decides what to do with the historic property.
South Carolina has had a parade of sheriffs caught up in scandals in recent years. A Post and Courier investigation earlier this year found more misconduct. Published in March, “Above the Law,” showed that one in four of South Carolina's 46 counties in the past decade had seen their sheriffs accused of breaking laws they swore to uphold. By the end of 2019, three more sheriffs had been indicted and removed from office.
After a Post and Courier/ProPublica investigation, lawmakers are proposing the most sweeping changes to the magistrates system in two decades.
Vera officials chose Lee Correctional because it has a large percentage of young offenders serving long sentences. A similar pilot program has been in place for two years at Turbeville Correctional Institution, home to the state's youthful offender program, where inmates usually serve three years or less.
Behind walls of razor wire, concrete and steel, a black-market economy thrives in the shadows of South Carolina’s prisons, generating millions for the gangs who control the cell blocks and the flow of forbidden goods.
Magistrate Angel Underwood was reappointed to the bench, despite a suspension. Complaints say her ethical conflicts have only continued.
Former state Rep. Mike Pitts made anti-immigrant and racially charged remarks seemingly at odds with South Carolina’s judicial code. He sailed through an appointment process as a magistrate nominee with little scrutiny and no debate.
In the magistrate courts of South Carolina, citizens often must fend for themselves before judges lacking formal training in the law and whose errors can result in punishing consequences for defendants.
The Department of Energy plans to bury nuclear weapons material in New Mexico. Officials there say the department hasn't asked their opinion.
Diabetes and cancer scientists have made startling discoveries in recent years about advance glycation end products, also called AGEs. But hardly anyone outside academia knows about these revelations about AGEs.
Dogged by faulty assumptions and lacking political will, the federal government squandered billions of dollars and an opportunity to dispose of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear material by chasing a massive construction project in South Carolina that was doomed from the start.
The Santee Delta is one of South Carolina's most beautiful, isolated and historically important places. Yet it faces new threats amid rising seas and rain bombs. Political intrigue and power lines could change this place forever. Our Secret Delta takes a deep dive into this special place, exploring its history and characters, as well as things to see and do.
Charleston-area attorneys launch an unprecedented legal battle on behalf of 3,965 people who were injured or lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
South Carolina could be stuck with a massive stockpile of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear material for decades, despite a federal mandate and years of promises that the state wouldn’t become America’s plutonium dumping ground.
Federal and state agents swooped into the small town of Chester on Monday and carted away evidence from the Chester County Sheriff's Office, a surprise raid that suggests yet another South Carolina sheriff is under scrutiny.
South Carolina sheriffs dipped into public money to pay for luxury accommodations and broke laws they swore to uphold, a Post and Courier investigation found.
Bob DeVey will die of terminal cancer. He has chosen not to undergo radical surgery that might buy him a few extra months at the cost of his quality of life. Now he wants to make one final medical decision.
The federal government's failure to study risks of oil spills in the powerful Gulf Stream is "stunning" and "beyond foolish" given the stakes and current’s force, drilling opponents said this week.
Valuable heirs’ property — land that is passed down informally for generations — is slipping away from black families in South Carolina's Lowcountry amid development pressures and legal battles.
The project, Minimally Adequate, is the result of an eight-month investigation into South Carolina's troubled education system, which ranks among the nation's worst.
Arrgh! The true and false stories of Anne Bonny, pirate woman of the Caribbean. Spoiler alert: They probably didn’t say "Arrgh"
South Carolina’s failing public education is not a coincidence, but a result of a flawed system that lawmakers have neglected for decades.
The founder of one of the nation's most expansive ex-gay groups, Hope for Wholeness, expressed doubts Thursday evening about the practices it offers, saying he’s not sure it’s the best choice for most people.
When Tom Rossby travels to Europe and mentions he’s an oceanographer, people inevitably ask: Is the Gulf Stream slowing down?
Oil spills in the Gulf Stream off South Carolina could form fast-moving slicks for hundreds of miles, making cleanup nearly impossible, a Post and Courier analysis shows.
To tell this undercovered story, The Post and Courier weaves history and science into a story that captures the majesty of the Gulf Stream and the stakes as the climate warms.
A secretive South Carolina police force jailed dozens of Hispanic landscapers, maids and restaurant workers in recent years after lawmakers promised it would target violent gangs, drug kingpins and human traffickers.
South Carolina's system for monitoring funeral homes and crematoriums, is rife with delays, secrecy and potential conflicts that allow unscrupulous undertakers to continue operating for years after problems are discovered.
A South Carolina law, passed by the General Assembly in 1962, sets no minimum age for marriage — as long as the bride is pregnant.
Advocates and journalists have paid critical attention to children in foster care. But once those children become adults and age out, they go largely forgotten, often cast into the world with little more than traumatic memories and mistrust to guide them.
A tire recycling company rolled into South Carolina with big ideas, but wound up creating mountains of waste that the state could end up paying millions to clean up.
George Stinney Jr was accused of bludgeoning two white girls to death and convicted by an all-white jury in a matter of minutes. Now, more than 70 years later, new evidence suggests someone else may have committed the murders.
Shortly before a judge threw out George Stinney Jr.'s murder conviction, several men gathered along a four-lane highway that cuts through Alcolu. Their mission: Install a memorial to George in the form of a tombstone planted in a black man's front yard.
Attorney Matt Burgess clutched the judge’s order in his hand, a phone pressed to his ear, as he waited for Amie Ruffner to pick up the call some 600 miles away.
Attorneys fighting to overturn George Stinney Jr.’s 70-year-old murder conviction knew that time and legal precedent worked against them in what seemed like a hopelessly cold case.
At 7:30 a.m. on June 16, 1944, inmate No. 260, dressed in a loose-fitting striped jumpsuit, was escorted to the little brick death house at the state penitentiary in Columbia, a Bible tucked under his arm.
A chance encounter in 1944 brings 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. into brief contact with two white girls. It seems so innocuous. Yet, an enduring mystery is born in the moments the girls walk away.
Taxpayers lost a pile of money on the problem-plagued redevelopment of the former Charleston Naval Hospital, but the developers, their lenders and lawyers walked away with millions.
This is the $33 million fixer-upper Charleston County bought to settle a lawsuit over its decision to pull out of a redevelopment plan in North Charleston.